Remixes of Sony artists to be legalised in Dubset deal

Dubset have made a deal with their first major label, Sony, to make remixes and samples under the label legal.

Dubset are a body who have been fighting to legitimise remixes which are often the cause of legal troubles thanks to strict music copyrights. Using their unique scanning software Dubset are able to recognise any uses of other music within tracks and then credit/compensate the original artists appropriately.

Now Dubset are making a historical deal that marks their first major label partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. The deal will allow recordings under the Sony Music label to be remixed and monetised by the remixer. Rights clearances will allow the creator of the remix to make money from their unofficial recreations whilst the songwriters and artists from the music used in the track will also get compensated based on their level of inclusion in the track.

Dubset sony remixes licensing legal remix remixer dj producerAll (or at least most) of Sony’s master recordings will enter Dubset’s database. Once part of Dubset’s music ID’ing software, Mixbank, they will be able to detect musical recordings even if they have been warped, sped up, slowed down and so on. Each remix uploaded through Dubset will be sent through Mixbank to recognise any of their vast libary of music with precise credits. Sony’s library joins roughly 35,00 smaller publishers and labels which have joined up with Dubset.

Remixes are a massive part of electronic and hip-hop music and with the internet and new tech nearly anyone can create their own music with remixes and samples. With no legal grounds for release however many artists who aren’t at a stage where they can afford music licenses end up with a technically illegal song. This problem is highlighted best on SoundCloud, which is made up largely of independent producers and music makers.

Dubset are reportedly in the process of working out deals with Warner and Universal as well, the 2 other major labels. If and when they work out a deal together Dubset will be in a position to revolutionise music copyrights. At the very least a lot more DJs and producers will be able to put their work out there to fans, and bigger artists will make some extra cash while they’re at it.


Sonos soon to announce smart speaker with multiple voice assistants

Sonos are ready to take on Amazon and Google by making their multi-room, Wi-Fi speakers go smart with voice control.

Shortly after references to a smart speaker by Sonos were found in the FCC, Sonos sent out a bunch of invitations for a media event in New York City on the 4th of October. I’m not one for assumptions, but you have to be in this industry, and assumably the event will focus on Sonos’ new smart speaker.

Sonos have been dominating the multi-speaker setup arena for a few years, but with the advent of smart speakers that are getting better and better in quality it’s about time Sonos caught up with their competitors like Amazon Echo and Google Home. Whilst Sonos is a speaker system and smart speakers have multiple functions like PA, weather updates, etc. – As the both have become synonymous with streaming music online through speakers seamlessly and wirelessly, smart capabilities were a given for Sonos to survive.

The speaker is currently nicknamed S13 and features integrated voice control. As information is limited about the S13 currently it isn’t known how far it’s voice functions will go. It may not go so far as to feature Smart Speaker features like diary planning and weather updates but we can safely assume it will at least feature voice search and playback abilities.

What is more interesting about the S13 speaker is that it lists support for a variety of voice platforms rather than a singular one. It’s not clear what this means but will likely relate to Sonos’ support of music services owned by various Smart Speaker makers, like Amazon Music, Google Play Music, and Apple Music. Of course there are also multiple music services that are supported on the speaker and by its voice controls.

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At the moment the only clues revealed by Sonos themselves as to what the event will entail is a bold, red pair of lips plastered onto the invitation. This could suggest an emphasis on vocals, a rocky horror show tribute, a kissing party? Who knows – find out October 4th.

BBC step up to replace Glastonbury as the festival takes a hiatus

The BBC are stepping up to fill the Glastonbury-shaped hole in 2018 as the festival takes a break for fallow.

Glastonbury announced earlier this year that they would be taking a break for a year to allow the festival site to recover and be reborn out of the mud, its first chance to rest since 2012. With a giant gap in live British music next year the BBC have stepped up to the plate and are planning to hold 4 giant events across the UK.

An expansion of the BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, they will be holding the ‘Biggest Weekend’ at locations in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. 175,000 tickets will be made available for the massive event which will take place next May on the bank holiday weekend, 25th-28th.

It hasn’t been revealed where in each country the festival will take place nor which acts will play, but you can bet it will be a range of massive artists. Whilst BBC’s events normally feature one or two of their popular radio platforms presenting music, the Biggest Weekend will feature concerts from Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music.

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The director of BBC Radio and Music, Bob Shennan, says this will be the BBC’s biggest music event ever, saying: “BBC Music has a strong history of bringing the nation together for some special moments, and this is the biggest single music event ever attempted by the BBC. We will be celebrating the diversity of music from four different corners of the country, bringing the best UK music to the world and the best global music to the UK.”

The festival will be covered by the BBC’s TV channels BBC2 and BBC4, as well as rolling coverage featured online on the BBC site. And speaking of TV – the festival is part of a new, larger commitment to music from the corporation who have also recently announce their first music-focused programme since Top of the Pops ended over 11 years ago. The program will broadcast 6 episodes this summer with interviews, comedy sketches and, of course, live performances.

The Top 10 Best DAWs for music production in 2017

Getting the right music production software is vital to your music. Whether you’re recording a live band through a mixer or creating an electronic piece completely from scratch, a good DAW is essential to making your music.

Thankfully in the modern world we have access to hundreds of pieces of software instantly – but that can make it hard to find the right program just for you. To help you out we’ve collected our top 10 favourite DAWs, each with their own unique traits, that we think are the best artists can get.

Keep an eye out for a list of our favourite FREE DAWs coming soon as well.

Ableton Live ($99+)

(Windows & Mac)

Ableton is one of the world’s most popular DAWs and with good reason. It features a flexibility and feature set that means no matter what you are working on you can create and edit your music exactly how you want.

Ableton is perfect for both beginners and experts with an accessible UI that features a massive range of functions the further you delve into it. Ableton offers 2 view modes that you can switch between at any time: The standard Arrangement View and Session View which allows you to loop different tracks and pieces to build the music as you go.

Live is a fast, fun, intuitive way to make music and a valuable tool to any musician or producer.

FL Studio ($110+)

(Windows & Mac)

FL Studio is an OG of the music production world, with 18 years of innovation behind it’s software today. FL Studio has become renowned for it’s versatility allowing you to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and more all inside it’s brilliantly easy to use program.

FL Studio’s in-built MIDI arranging is one of it’s most lauded abilities allowing beginners to experiment with transposing and experts to completely write tracks how they would like. Every purchase of FL Studio also comes with free updates for LIFETIME, meaning that you will always have free access to the latest version.

Logic Pro ($199)


Logic Pro is Apple’s darling music production studio for Macs. It offers a fully fleshed out recording studio that is used by professionals (so you know it’s quality). Logic Pro is as visually appealing as it is powerful with gorgeous colours to order your arrangements and sophisticated functions to perfect your projects with.

Whilst it is Mac only this makes it one of the best choices for Mac users as almost everything that can be used on Mac will work with Logic Pro. There are also frequent updates for the software, with a recent update integrating the new Macbook’s touch bar for some super cool functionality in your mixes.

Steinberg Cubase ($80+)

(Windows & Mac)

Cubase have established themselves as a staple in music production software. Using Cubase’s intuitive controls make every step of the production easy – and it’s designed to help you with every step whether that be tapping in the first few notes to your track or tweaking the levels in your final mix.

Their are 3 different versions of Cubase which offer a different package depending on what you need. Their flagship software Cubase Pro is for everything from composing, recording, mixing and editing music with the program’s sophisticated audio and MIDI tools. Cubase Artist is made for deep editing and sequencing whilst Cubase Elements is the feature-packed program for recording music using Cubase Pro’s world famous technology.

Pro Tools ($29+)

(Windows & Mac)

Pro Tools has become renowned as a powerful, quality program not just for music but audio in general, with TV and filmmakers among those who laud the software. Pro Tools is a powerful DAW with deep plugin integration and they’ve recently added loop-based creation allowing you to progressively work on a project.

One of the reasons Pro Tools is so loved is it’s Cloud Collaboration features which allows you to collaborate with anyone – no matter where in the world they are. This also means that working across multiple machines on a project is as smooth as a dream. You can work with up to 10 collaborators, making Pro Tools an essential product for long distance collaborations and bands.

Another unique thing about Pro Tools is you can pay a monthly subscription if you can’t afford the full license, so you can use it only for as long as you need or work towards paying for a full version.

Renoise ($75)

(Windows, Mac & Linux)

Renoise is an interesting DAW in that it does things differently using a “tracker-based approach”. What this essentially means is that the music is run in grids similar to Ableton’s Session view which is brilliant for step-editing and building the elements of a track one-by-one.

Renoise working in grid-based patterns streamlines the creative process but that’s not to say there isn’t a massive range of functionality with Renoise. It features dozens of built-in audio processors and support for a wide range of virtual instruments. In addition you can extend the program with scripting to control it however you want using MIDI and OSC devices.

N-Track Studio ($49+)

(Windows & Mac)

N-Track is famed for it’s virtually unlimited capacity of audio and MIDI tracks with the same capabilities as most of the top DAWs at an incredibly affordable price. It has everything you’d want for recording and mixing with support for a giant range of virtual instruments including ReWire and AU.

One of N-Track’s standout features is it’s cross-platform compatibility which allows you to record and edit between any machine – Windows, Macs, and both iOS and Android mobile apps. The mobile version of N-Track Studio are also incredibly powerful putting a full DAW with all the features you could want literally into your hands.

MOTU Digital Performer ($499)

(Windows & Mac)

MOTU is one of the serious OG’s with MIDI versions going back as far as 1984. It is an incredible platform for streamlining all the elements of your projects into a singular workflow that sparks creativity and inspiration without overwhelming. It features state-of-the-art studio production technology for a high quality mixing and recording experience with a massive variety of editing capabilities.

DP features next gen rendering and buffering technology that is made to keep running to your computers very limits, allowing you to let loose with plugins and tracks. Despite their long-running Mac exclusivity, MOTU have made DP available on Windows too recently.

MOTU also peculiarly offer the option to upgrade from another DAW for a discounted price if you’re looking to switch.

Propellorhead Reason (€369)

(Windows & Mac)

Reason is incredibly reasonable in introducing itself to new users, to it’s software or DAWs in general. They boast such an accessible program that on their website they provide a simple 5-step process to creating a track on Reason.

One of Reason’s standout features is it’s massive host of packaged VSTs that not only give you the tool set to create a massive variety in Reason, but can even be used outside of Reason with other programs. It’s layout will also appeal to tech geeks with the ability to view it as a studio rack, with virtual cable patching too.

Propellorhead’s Reason is available as a much cheaper Essentials version as well as the full DAW.

Cakewalk Sonar ($19.99+)


Sonar is an award-winning DAW with a bunch of cool features, like touch screen compatibility. Sonar comes with an impressive list of lauded effects and virtual instruments to give a professional touch to your mix without even having to buy anything external.

Sonar is available in a variety of different versions which range from incredibly affordable with all of the base features to the regular price of a few hundred for the fully fleshed out version with all the extras, and they’re all available to purchase on a monthly basis to save even more money. Every purchase of Sonar also guarantees you 12 months of free updates, which they regularly add.

So there you have our list of the best programs for creating, mixing and producing music in 2017. Be sure to check back on the RouteNote Blog for more equipment, top lists and news about the music industry – your number one stop for the world of music.

The RouteNote team’s Songs for the Summer

Every day in the RouteNote office is filled with music, whether it be the awesome stuff uploaded to us or our own office playlist streaming all our favourite tunes through the Sonos.

With the sunny season finally here for another year the team have shared the songs that make our summers.

Real Estate – The Bend

What’s that you hear? Summer? The definitive surf shack song straight from the sun itself!

Puscifer – Momma Sed

This is my summer track as I used to blast it a lot while driving to work or round the coast during the summer a few years back.

Hiatus Kaiyote – Nakamarra

I first heard this song from a distant land as I paddled down the Mississippi River. I was drawn to it from afar like a sailor to a siren.

Groove Armada – At The River

That’s me! The entirety of Groove Armada’s Vertigo is brilliant chilled house and the perfect soundtrack for any summer evening, or day if you wanna be like that. At The River is arguably the peak of their vibe-packed album.

Lowlife – Ramified

It was the summer of 69′ when I first heard this record. Man, we were killin’ time, we were young and restless. We needed to unwind, I guess nothin’ can last forever, forever? no.

Clean Bandit – Symphony (Myth of Unity cover)

I selected this song for an old school style on a new track that just draws you back in time and time again.

Oceansize – Commemorative 9/11 T-Shirt

Asking me to round down my favourite things into a singular certain thing is a one way ticket to existential dread. If I happen upon a particular aisle in the supermarket, let’s say one that contains frozen treats, then inexorably I will end up pacing back and forth between two or three prime contenders for selection – My brain caught in a feedback loop.
This only ends at the realisation that my indecision has caused me to be ten minutes late for work. You might be wondering what exactly this has to do with the RouteNote Summer List – Well my analysis paralysis put me in mind of Commemorative T-shirt by Oceansize.
Also I got a Solero.

Fatboy Slim – Don’t Let the Man Get You Down

I like the way it builds up into a funky beat and the repeating sample makes it easy to sing and get down to.

Moonchild – Cure

I wanted to choose a song with a lighthearted, chilled vibe and as the amazing Moonchild have just conveniently released an entire album of summer feel good tunes it was the perfect option, this song is one of my faves from the album!

Jacob Miller – Baby I Love You So

Summer doesn’t feel right without thick bass lines and songs about love.

Dan Auerbach – Shine On Me

The Black Keys have always tickled my fancies and this latest single by lead man Dan Auerbach makes me want to tickle them back.

Los Porcos – Do You Wanna Live

It’s a fun track that gets me every summer

Beastie Boys – Just a Test

Although I was born in the 90’s, it transports me to the rise of Hip Hop, Skate Culture and Graffiti. Hard to imagine anyone would need another reason to listen to this killer track.

Funkshone – Purification Pt. 1

I heard it a party and asked them when it was released thinking he was going to say 1965 but i then found out it was 2006! Made me pleased that people are still going for that retro sound.

Samaris – R4vin

I stumbled across Samaris while watching Youtube videos of the ‘Icelandic Airwaves’ festival. A great trip-hop/electronic band somewhere between Portishead and The Knife.

Grouch – Soul Provider

I chose it because Jacca told me I had to.

Smashing Pumpkins – Mayonaise

A hellish slice of spangled, nostalgic, luminescent face melt.

Will Smith – Summertime

Big Willy style, say no more

MAX MANIE – Laura (Alex Schulz Remix)

I like this song cause I can see myself drinking a nice cold beer on the beach while hearing this in the background.

Metronome – The Bay

I like the funk and I saw someone pee those benches last time I was in Torquay.

Portugal, The Man – Feel It Still

It’s just an all round feel good track

RouteNote partners with South Korea’s MelOn music store

RouteNote are thrilled to announce a new partnership with MelOn, bringing our global roster of talented artists to South Korea.

MelOn is a South Korean music store that has been running since 2004 and owned by LOEN Entertainment since 2009. MelOn has an impressive 2.3 million users just in South Korea who download and stream music from MelOn’s music service.

What does this mean as a RouteNote user?

This simply means that there is one more store and another few million people who you can distribute your music to, for free, and get heard even further around the world. All previous releases will automatically be uploaded to MelOn so you don’t need to do anything and your music will get a whole new audience!

If you would like to opt-out of your music being added to MelOn please email with your username.

What is MelOn?

MelOn aren’t just a music service but a major influence in South Korea’s unique music consumption. In 2013 they were ranked as the 3rd most influential entity in K-pop – South Korea’s broad and massively popular musical “genre”. MelOn’s name is an acronym for Melody On.

MelOn can be accessed through a variety of devices including digital cameras, as well as the expected smartphones, digital audio players and portable media players. Users can enjoy features such as language and images on the desired song or album, SNS sharing, music listening, music video playback and download, mobile phone music transfer, and iTunes integration. Melon also allows you create custom ringtones – which is pretty cool.

MelOn have won a variety of awards since launching 13 years ago, including:

Sign up to RouteNote for free today and get you music on all the top music stores and services, including: Spotify, iTunes, TIDAL, Google Play, Amazon, and many more

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Bristol psych-rockers Insomnichord go acoustic with us + interview

Insomnichord are a brilliant up-and-coming progressive/psychedelic rock band from Bristol, UK and here’s how they sound unplugged.

One of the many fantastic artists on RouteNote, Insomnichord are a rising band from Bristol. Always keen to see how the artists using us are doing we met up with band in-between playing and studying to record an acoustic set and chat to the boys about the band.

They describe themselves saying:

Insomnichord are a psychedelic rock band birthed from the glittering depths of Ganesha’s cosmic echo chamber. They fuse fuzzy choruses with mind-warping synths and take influences from the classic psych sound of the 60s and 70s along with modern artists such as Tame Impala, Miley Cyrus, and The Simpsons. Insomnichord will take you to another dimension and back again so buckle up and hold onto your panties.

Below is the band’s gorgeous acoustic versions of two of their songs; Ambrosia and Sick. Watch the video for some acoustic vibes set to the luscious backdrop of the band’s garden.

After performing their set for us the guys spoke to us about the band including their adventures recording their upcoming album and Matti’s fecal bonding with Chris Martin from Coldplay. Check out their interview below and get to know the band on another level.

We can’t wait to hear Insomnichord’s new music later this year and look forward to catching up with them again soon!


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Win 2 free weekend tickets to Electric Beach Festival in Cornwall

The lovely people at Electric Beach Festival have given us 2 free tickets to their amazing, shorefront, music-packed weekend to give away to YOU!

Electric Beach Festival takes place on the golden shores of Great Western Beach, Newquay, Cornwall on the 16th-17th June

Expect world class acts, hip hop, dance, reggae and more, all with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore and the sand between your toes.

Mojitos, ice cold beers and cider. Not to forget the most epic VIP after parties that run all night after the festival until the early hours at the Koola Club and Chy Bar, just a quick walk away.

For your chance to win 2 full free weekend tickets to the Electric Beach Festival just like the RouteNote Facebook page and share the post below:

We will pick a winner at random next Friday on the 26th May.

Listen to a never-before-heard Beatles outtake from Sgt. Pepper

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles legendary album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and to celebrate,you can listen to a previously unreleased version of their title track.

The outtake comes from the anniversary edition of their famed Sgt. Pepper album which will be released on the 26th May. The anniversary album will feature new mixing from Giles Martin and Sam Okell and feature notes from surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. In addition the album will come included with a whopping 34 previously unreleased recordings for fans to hear for the first time.

The outtake version of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band features a much more stripped down production that doesn’t feature the horns or the applause and laughter of the original. The new recording also features an extended ending with some additional vocals and a conversation between Paul and John Lennon about the track. According to the track’s title this early released outtake from the upcoming anniversary album is the 9th take – though whether that means of this track, just in that recording session or something else is anyone’s guess.

Listen to the Beatles – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9 and Speech)’ for the first time below:

RouteNote’s Ahrix is shooting up the Billboard charts with Nova

Ahrix, one of RouteNote’s favourite artists, is shooting up the electronic charts as his single Nova hits it’s highest place in the charts yet!

Ahrix is a 20 year old Dutch producer who has built up a massive fanbase since starting at the age of 14 with millions around the world listening to his music. His biggest track ‘Nova’ has returned to the charts four years after it first released moving all the way up to 24th place in Billboard’s ‘Hot Dance/Electronic songs’.

As with all the artists who use RouteNote, working with Ahrix is always a joy and we’re thrilled to see him doing so well – especially as one of the artists on our Outertone label. Alan Walker who RouteNote also works with is just one place lower in 25th with his track ‘Alone’, with Ahrix taking Walker’s spot from last week in 24th place.

Listen to Ahrix’s charting banger Nova below:


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